Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Book Thief

Leisel has had a fascination with books ever since she picked up a copy of The Grave Digger's Handbook that had been dropped in the snow after her brother's funeral.  As she lives out her adolescent years in the poor section of a small town in Nazi Germany, she is drawn to steal more books, each one marking a section of her life.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak has won multiple awards and become a book club favorite.

This is a beautiful book that deserves all the accolades it has received. It successfully illustrates the extremes of beauty and horror mankind is capable of, all delivered in the poetic voice of Death itself.  The choice of narrator may seem like just an odd gimmick, but it adds a truly unique dimension to this basic tale of survival by clinging to what little comfort you can find in a cruel world.  You come away from reading feeling that you have experienced a life in full, from the heights of happiness to the depths of agony, through events both catastrophic and mundane.  This is a perfect gift to digest slowly, although I challenge you not to feel the need to finish the last 50 pages in one sitting.

The Book Thief is published by Knopf Books for Young Readers and retails for $12.99 (paperback).  I bought my copy with my very own money.  You can get yours from Left Bank Books today!

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